Local MP and Councillor launch campaign against City airport flight paths

10.7.2009   (local press release)

Member of Parliament for Romford, Andrew Rosindell M.P. and local Hylands Ward
Councillor, Cllr. Georgina Galpin have this week embarked upon a tough campaign,
which seeks to reduce the number of flights and the flight paths which are allowed
over Hornchurch!

Andrew and Georgina have began this important, local campaign following scores
of complaints from local residents, who have been left angered and disturbed following
the vast and increased number of flights which have been allowed to fly over the
local area on their way to London City Airport.      

Following much discussion and correspondence with the local people of the Borough,
Andrew and Georgina are now in the process of preparing a petition which will
go to No. 10 Downing Street.

In their campaign, Andrew and Georgina will be calling upon the Government on
varying matters regarding the flight paths.

Firstly, they will be petitioning that there should be no more flights allowed to pass
over the area, as this causes significant noise pollution and inconvenience to
the area’s residents.

Secondly, the petition will call for as many flights as possible to fly over the River
Thames when on their way to and from London City Airport , as opposed to over
the Hornchurch area, where the minimum disruption would then take place.

Andrew Rosindell M.P. said:    "I am proud to be launching this campaign, which
seeks to provide a better quality of environment for my local residents.

I have been in contact with many local people in Hornchurch who have been left
angered by the inconsiderate decision the Newham Borough Council, which has completely
disregarded the opinions of the people of Romford and Hornchurch.

This campaign will not be easy, but I want all of the local residents to know
that Georgina and I understand their frustration and that we will make sure that
their views are relayed to all relevant parties.  

I would also encourage any local residents who have been left affected to write
to No. 10!"    

Cllr. Georgina Galpin said:     “I was very angry to find out that when the original
decision was made to increase air traffic and change the flight paths, the residents
of Havering were not given any opportunity to voice their concerns or opinions!  
Residents have experienced not only the increase in traffic, but also the extra
noise due to the fact that flights are lower in the air than they were in the

The consultation was not extended to include the people who would be most affected;
the residents of Havering.   Clearly the Labour Government together with Newham
Council, and the Elected Mayor had made their minds up that the Airport would
get its extra flights,   The City airport may be an asset to Newham, but has now
become a hinderance to Havering”


Comment by Fight the  Flights:

The East London Conservatives attempt at ‘not in their backyard’ but its ok in
everyone else in East and South East London.